NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson – From Beaconsfield, IA – Available for Interviews Before Space Station Launch


NEWS PROVIDED BY NASA Oct 20, 2016, 14:43 ET

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson will be available for live satellite interviews from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, on Thursday, Oct. 27, before her launch to the International Space Station. She will answer questions about her upcoming mission aboard the world-class orbiting laboratory from 7-8 a.m. EDT, airing live on NASA Television and streaming on the agency’s website.

Whitson, who considers Beaconsfield, Iowa, her hometown, is in Russia for final preparations prior to her launch on Nov. 15, U.S. time. The interviews will be preceded at 6:30 a.m. by 30 minutes of video clips highlighting her training.

To schedule an interview, media must contact Karen Svetaka at 281-483-8684 or karen.a.svetaka@nasa.gov no later than 4 p.m. onTuesday, Oct. 25. Media participating in the live shots must tune to NTV-3. Satellite tuning information is available at:

http://go.nasa.gov/1pOWUhR

Whitson will launch to the space station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, along with her Expedition 50/51 crewmates, cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency).

During her stay in space, Whitson will become the first woman to have commanded the space station twice. During Expedition 16 in 2007, she became the first woman ever to command the station. That flight and her first mission to the space station, as a flight engineer for Expedition 5 in 2002, give her a current total of 377 days in space.

Whitson and her crewmates also will perform some 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations not possible on Earth. Among the experiments is Lighting Effects, which will investigate the impact of a new solid-state, light-emitting diode (LED) system on the crew’s circadian rhythms, sleep and cognitive performance. The Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) experiment is scheduled to arrive at the station during the crew’s stay and will examine the physics, nature and dynamics of neutron stars.

Whitson is scheduled to return to Earth with Novitskiy and Pesquet in May.

Check out the latest NASA TV schedule and video streaming information at:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Follow Whitson on social media at:

http://twitter.com/astropeggy

http://astropeggy.tumblr.com

http://www.facebook.com/NASAastronautPeggyWhitson

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Apply Today: DuPont Pioneer innovationIOWA LEADER of the Year Award

Submit your application for the Business Record’s third annual DuPont Pioneer innovationIOWA LEADER of the Year award. Past recipients include Harrisvaccines, Inc. and NewLink Genetics. The award recognizes an individual or organization for their originality, leadership, and impact on their company, state and local economy, and/or the general public through innovative concepts, processes, and/or products. Submit your application by emailing JasonSwanson@bpcdm.com 

Judging is based on the following:

  1. Originality of the innovation(s):  Is this a completely new concept/idea/process or the re-imagining of an existing one? Was it developed independently or in cooperation with others?
  2. Impact of the innovation(s):  Did this innovation meet an unmet need? How has it affected a specific industry and/or the public at large? If internal, what impact has it had on the processes and efficiencies of your organization?
  3. Commercial impact of the innovation(s):  Has the innovation gone to market? What financial evidence or market acceptance information does the innovation have to support new value for the end user? What is the quantifiable evidence of success?
  4. Culture of innovation:  Does the individual or company promote an atmosphere conducive to innovation? Have they consistently been a leader in their field when it comes to innovation?

The winner will be announced at the fourth annual innovationIOWA Magazine Launch Party presented by Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations and the College of Business on April 5th, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Iowa State University Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames. There is NO RSVP is required and no charge to attend. Light food and coolants are provided. Don’t miss this incredible networking event where statewide key stakeholders mix and mingle. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information email KatherineHarrington@bpcdm.com or call her cell at 515-689-4447. 

2017 innovationIOWA Magazine Sponsors:

Presenting: Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations and the College of Business

Co-Sponsors: Danfoss, Zarley Law

Chapter Sponsors: John Deere, Kemin, Eurofins, Alliant Energy, Kent Corporation

2016 Launch Party Leaders In Attendance Included:
Kirk Bjorland
Iowa Innovation Corporation

Matt Busick
River Glen Private Capital

Jay Byers
Greater Des Moines Partnership

Michael Crum
Iowa State University

Dan Culhane
Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development

Debi Durham
Iowa Economic Development Authority

Katherine Harrington
Business Record

Joe Hrdlicka
Iowa Biotech Association

Craig Ibsen
NextLevel Ventures

Kathryn Kunert
MidAmerican Energy

Steven Leath
Iowa State University

Anthony Paustian
DMACC

Mark Petri
Iowa Energy Center

Bob Riley
Feed Energy

Paul Schickler
DuPont Pioneer

David Spalding
Iowa State University

Steve Sukup
Sukup Manufacturing

Brian Waller
Technology Association of Iowa

Jeff Weld
Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

Brent Willett
Cultivation Corridor

Tim Zarley
Zarley Law

Doug Hundt
Vermeer

Matt Rizai
Workiva

… and many more!

IowaBio Legal Symposium Nov 10 & Nov 17

Iowa Biotech Association (IowaBio) invites you and your colleagues to attend the next Legal Symposium focused on Regulatory, IP, & Tas issues faced by biotech companies today.  This event will be held twice at two separate locations across the state for your convenience.

November 10, 2016 

Drake University Law School 2621 Carpenter Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311

November 17, 2016 

State Hygenic Laboratory 2490 Crosspark Rd. Coralville, IA 52241

Agenda:

8:30 – 11:15 – Morning Presentations

12:05 – Lunch

12:45 – 3:20 – Afternoon Presentations

Topics

Navigating Trade Secrets, Licensing is a Team Sport, Iowa Tax Credit and Incentive Programs for Biotech Companies, Legal Implications On the Internet of Things and Big Data Strategies, GMO Labeling Compliance In A Post-Vermont World, Alternative Approaches for Protecting Intellectual Property, How has the America Act Invents Act Changed Patent Policy

Both event dates have been approved for 5.75 credit hours of CLE and will feature several of IowaBio’s member law firms who are top experts in the field. To attend this event, please visit www.iowabio.org/legalsymposium and register one week prior to the event date.  If you have any immediate questions, please contact us atinfo@iowabio.org or 515-327-9156.

Present at the 2017 ABI Conference

ABI currently is accepting proposals for presenters at the 2017 Taking Care of Business Conference. Next year’s conference will focus on the contributions and benefits Iowa companies make in their communities, the state and the world. If you have a presentation that will leave attendees enthusiastic and armed to with knowledge they are eager to implement, submit your proposal to present at the ABI conference June 6-8, 2017 in Dubuque! This is an opportunity to be in front of business leaders, owners and management teams from across Iowa. Proposals are due December 1. Click here to learn more and submit your proposal today!

Dream Big, THINK BIGGER conference for Iowa Entrepreneurial Women

 

The Iowa Innovation Corporation is sponsoring a series of one-day conferences, one in Iowa City and two in Ames. If you own a business, or have always dreamed of starting one, this is for you. They have added several new workshops and panels, covering the gamut. Just dreaming? There’s something for you. Need legal advice? There’s something for you. Financial advice? Yep.

Attend one day. Attend all three. It’s an investment in yourself. 

Check out this agenda! August 15 in Iowa City and August 16-17 in Ames.

 

Click here for More Information

 

Free workshop for small businesses

 

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Time: 9:30AM – 1PM, May 21st
Place: Ames Public Library

If you are taking the first steps towards starting a small business, or have always been curious about owning one, this is an invitation to learn more about what it takes for a small business to be successful! A Small Business – Your Opportunity for Success will host an array of speakers to touch on things such as accounting, marketing, legalities, and more. 

The ISU Small Business Development Center and the Ames Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a workshop for emerging small businesses. This program is open to anyone who owns or is considering starting a small business. The program will feature local business successes, as well as business professionals and advisors.

The event will be held at the Ames Public Library in the Danfoss Room from 9:30AM to 1:00PM.

The event is free, but REGISTER HERE.

Percival Scientific receives Department of Commerce “E” Award

Percival Scientific Inc. has received the nation’s highest recognition for contributions to U.S. exports. Percival was one of 123 recipients of the President’s “E” Award that were part of a ceremony Monday in Washington, according to the Commerce Department. The award was created in 1961.

About Percival Scientific:

Percival Scientific, Inc. has the unique distinction of being in business for over 125 years.  In 1886, C.L. Percival and J.E. Smith established Percival Manufacturing in Des Moines, Iowa. Initially, the company manufactured and sold butcher tools, machinery and fixtures. By 1901, the need for a refrigerated cabinet became evident, prompting Percival to pursue and receive a patent. Forty years later, in 1941, the company moved to a new 24,000 square foot facility and continued to manufacture a complete line of refrigerated display units. Since May 2000, we’ve occupied a state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot facility in Perry, Iowa.

Percival Scientific, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of environmental growth chambers, is proud to call Perry, Iowa our home. Our facility encompasses all engineering, design, fabrication and construction of our extensive product line, allowing Percival Scientific to maintain complete control of the manufacturing process.

Percival chambers have become the preferred choice among universities, colleges, government institutions and businesses both domestically and internationally. Our chambers are found in Europe, Asia, Brazil, India, China, Australia as well as many other countries. Our ability to meet individual requirements and to control multiple critical testing variables is what has allowed Percival Scientific to become an industry leader.

For more information visit: http://www.percival-scientific.com

TechBrew Des Moines Wednesday, May 18

TechBrew

Join TAI for TechBrew at the Accelerate DSM event on Wednesday, May 18 at the Science Center of Iowa. Produced in collaboration with 1 Million Cups DSM, the Technology Association of Iowa and dmStartupDrinks, Accelerate DSM will feature panels, keynotes, roundtables and networking with members of the Des Moines startup community. In the afternoon, listen to Global Insurance Accelerator pitches from the class of 2016.

Learn more and register for the full day conference at acceleratedsm.com.

Your first drink at TechBrew is on us starting at 5 pm!

When: Wednesday, May 18
Time: 5-7pm
Where: Science Center of Iowa
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309
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May TechBrew Des Moines is Sponsored by: DavisBrown Law Firm

 

Iowa Biotechnology Association Names Central Lee High School Sophomore as Iowa BioGENEius Finalist

Aaron Wills Advances to San Francisco to Compete Against Top Students from Across the Nation and Canada.

IowaBio has named Central Lee High School sophomore, Aaron Wills of Donnellson, as the winner of the 2016 Iowa BioGENEius Challenge, the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research and innovation in the biotechnology field.

As Iowa’s BioGENEius finalist, Aaron Wills will attend the 2016 BIO International Convention in San Francisco, the industry’s trade conference, where he will engage with leading companies, scientists and innovators currently transforming the scientific landscape in order to gain invaluable insights into an industry making significant contributions to the world. While in San Francisco, Aaron will compete against students from the U.S., Canada and Germany in the International BioGENEius Challenge. The projects presented will represent a range of biotechnology topics such as healthcare, agriculture, and the environment. “The Challenge highlights the breakthroughs made when we invest and encourage our younger generations to pursue their ideas.

These students are facing the world’s greatest problems head on and providing solutions to heal, feed, and fuel people and the environment,” said IowaBio Associate Director, Melissa Moyer. “IowaBio is excited to cheer Aaron on in San Francisco at the 2016 BIO International Convention as we already know that his research has great potential to help society as well as inspire others to pursue research projects.”

“Our mission is to engage and excite student innovators by creating an environment that allows them to showcase their talents and help accelerate their development as the next-generation of scientists. The BioGENEius Challenges encourage students to apply their scientific knowledge to solve some of society’s most pressing issues through biotechnology, allowing them to see the tremendous potential they have to make change in the world,” said Dr. Lawrence Mahan, President of Biotechnology Institute. “We bring students, mentors and industry leaders together to promote excellence in scientific research from the best and brightest minds in the next generation of biotechnology innovators.”

Aaron Wills’ project focused on the ability of Lemna minor (duckweed) to metabolize and lower the nitrate level in Iowa’s spring water, additionally reducing the occurrence of algal blooms. This has become a recent problem within our state and Aaron’s project showcased an innovative, biological and environmentally-friendly solution.

The IowaBio judging panel was captivated by his passion, depth of research and interest in working with his local community to finding a global solution. He will be a great student to represent the state of Iowa and the ag/environmental side of biotechnology. “I am honored to represent Iowa and compete in the U.S. in the 2016 International BioGENEius Challenge,” said Aaron Wills. “The best part will be meeting kids from other countries and being in San Francisco.”

For more information, visit http://www.biotechinstitute.org.